Meaning of “dunce” in the English Dictionary

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"dunce" in British English

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duncenoun [ C ]

uk /dʌns/ us /dʌns/ disapproving

Examples from literature

  • Again and again it happens that the dunce of his class goes to the front in the battle of life. 
  • At school he was a sad dunce. 
  • Do you want to grow up a dunce, Jack? said his father. 
  • Dunce that I am not to have guessed it! 
  • What sort of a dunce do you take me for? 

(Definition of “dunce” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)